Earth quakes in

Poseidon’s deep,

A planet vibrates,

Shaking on its’ axis.


Hungry, gobbling waves,

Not content with fish,

Come ashore to feed,

Carrying away over 100,000

Innocents into death’s

Ravenous maw.

Disease chews away

At remaining souls,

Begging for humankind’s most basic need -

Pure water.

It seems strange that our first gift to you -

In this natural disaster -

Is bodybags,

While in Iraq

Other souls hunger to

Live another day/ night

In a land of dis - ease

And unnatural disaster,

Where we make our own tsunamis,

As death machines

Swallow the living,

Spewing out corpses,

And flag draped coffins fly home .


Virginia Atkinson

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